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Alpha Yaya DIallo's West African Summit November 16 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

Alpha Yaya DIallo's West African Summit
Polish Combatant's Hall
Toronto - November 16, 2012

Batuki Music Society presents Alpha Yaya Diallo’s West African Summit: a music and dance spectacular featuring an all-star West African band under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Alejandro Ronceria on Friday November 16, 2012.

On stage with three-time Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo: kora master/griot Prince Diabaté, balafola/griot Naby Camara, and the electrifying dance of Mariama Camara and N’nato Camara, along with Thomas Ehru Niamke (drums), and Vegari Cendar (bass).

This ground-breaking production brings to the stage the wonder of West Africa’s Bafing River. Like the river, the music flows through the sounds and spirit of Senegal, Mali and Guinea, full with the magic of this storied region and its rich cultures.

“Since coming to Canada, I have dreamed about bringing together both the dance and music of Guinea to the stage. N’nato and I have performed together for many years but we have never really built a big show... something with energy and colour and movement... something that explodes on the stage.  I performed with Prince Diabaté at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and Hollywood Bowl in 2000. We’ve wanted to work together ever since and now is the time. And Naby, he is simply one of the best balafon players anywhere.” – Alpha

Friday November 16, 2012
Polish Combatants Hall - 206 Beverley St. Toronto.
Entry 8 PM / Show 9 PM

Tickets: $25 advance | $30 at the door
available online:

and at these locations:

African Drums & Art Crafts - 618 Dundas St W
New Bilan Restaurant - 183 Dundas St. E
Nharo! Direct Trade - 543 Danforth Ave.
Play De Record - 357 Yonge St.
Soundscapes - 572 College St.

Alpha Yaya Diallo
Prince Diabaté
Naby Camara

Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage.
"nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts." 


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